The idea of good sportsmanship—that you respect the other player and the outcome—has an almost immutable presence in sports. As soon as we're old enough to play tether-ball, our parents and teachers emphasize the importance of this concept, regardless of the sport or game.
"Sore losers" make any competition a wretched experience, as do winners who use the opportunity to make you feel worse. Without a sense of good sportsmanship, any pick-up game of basketball or a rec flag football tournament would likely descend into a chaotic brawl.
This is why hockey players form a handshake line just removed from on-ice brutality few would forgive outside of the game and why we can be a part of a team capable of achieving much more than any single individual.
However, there's dark space carved into the very heart of sports—a third rail for which respect, honor and grace do not apply.
No one will ever punish a person who leaves it all out on the field, even if it's a losing cause, because such an effort maintains the spirit of the game.
When circumstances—and misfortune—lead to a series of events that end in someone's mug eating court, dirt, ice...or something even more unsavory, it can be equal parts hilarious, infuriating and frightening.
Do you feel sorry for the victim? Do you laugh? The faceplant embarrasses and hurts the plantee and puts the spectator in the most awkward of positions. Luckily for you and me, these are videos...so we're free from any unwanted burden.
Here are 25 faceplants in 25 sports.